Cambodia – Sustainable Community Development

This program is now open to international volunteers!

 

Join GoEco in Cambodia to help improve the educational experience of underprivileged children, both in and outside the classroom, by teaching English as well as working on construction projects. A truly worthwhile experience in Samraong.

Program Highlights:

  • Assist in a province that is in need of further development and recovering from a civil war
  • Gain practical experience teaching English and/or assist in construction projects
  • This school offers free education to those who cannot afford tuition
  • Volunteer in a sustainable school which was built with the help of volunteers themselves
  • Participate in environmental education activities
  • You can enhance your Cambodian experience by adding our “Cambodia Culture Week” to it, for an additional cost.

 

Your Schedule at a Glance (Minimum one-week commitment):

Day 1, Sunday: Arrive at Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport (REP). You will be picked up from the airport and taken to settle in to your accommodations in Samraong and meet fellow volunteers.

Day 2, Monday: Volunteers will receive an orientation, complete with a culture lesson, Khmer language lesson, tour of the area and introduction to your placement of choice.

Days 3-6, Tuesday-Friday: Rewarding volunteer work at the school or construction project.

Days 7-8, Saturday-Sunday: Volunteers staying only one week will depart on Saturday. The weekend is free for volunteers who are extending to spend how they wish.

Remaining Weeks: Remaining weeks will follow the pattern of volunteering Monday-Friday and having weekends free. Departures are on a Saturday.

 

Location icon Location of the Project: Samraong, Cambodia

Project length Project length: Minimum 1 week – Maximum 8 weeks

Arrival Airport Arrival Airport: Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport (REP)

Volunteer Work Volunteer Work: Teaching, health education and renovation work

Age Age: 18-70 (This project may accept volunteers who are younger than 18 years old with a letter of consent from a parent or guardian.)

Number of Volunteers Number of Volunteers: 5-10 international volunteers

 

What’s Included

Accommodations Accommodations: Volunteer house in Samraong

Food Food: Three meals per day are included during the week and two on weekends

Airport Transfers Airport Transfers: Airport pickup is included on arrival day

Orientation Orientation: Volunteers will receive an orientation, complete with a culture lesson, Khmer language lesson, tour of the area and introduction to your placement of choice.

Support Support: Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.

 

What’s not Included

Flights, visas (if required), travel health insurance, lunch on the weekends, personal expenses

Samraong is the capital of Oddar Meanchey Province, the newset province in Cambodia, which is on the border with Thailand. To this day, the town is recovering from a long civil war, which resulted in decades of isolation. Most people visit Samraong to do much-needed development work. Samraong is about 120 km away from Siem Reap (about four hours by car).

 

Volunteers will be placed at different project sites, based on the demands and needs of the community at the time of volunteering as well as their personal preference.

Teaching:

  • Teaching English on an informal basis
  • Providing workshops for the students about cultural exchange
  • Conducting street cleanups with local children
  • Giving lessons on environmental conservation
  • Helping with arts-and-crafts activities
  • Organizing games and sport activities after classes
  • Creating environmental awareness activities
  • Hosting hygiene and health sessions

 

Construction:

  • Painting
  • Working with the children in their vegetable garden
  • Building tables and chairs
  • Constructing and renovating the playground
  • Making pathways
  • Building toilets
  • Repairing the school walls
  • Building new classrooms

 

Please note that this particular placement has a $50 USD supplemental fee per week.

A typical day: After breakfast, you’ll get a head start on your morning activities, which might be teaching English, assisting with renovation tasks or promoting health education. Your afternoon activities will resume after lunch and will typically end around 5:00 PM. After dinner, you can relax, explore, or hang out with fellow volunteers. Saturdays and Sundays are free to spend as you wish.

Holidays: During some holidays, volunteers will be primarily involved in repairs and renovations and other outreach programs since school will not be in session. The main holidays are as follows:

2020:
April 13-17
September 27-October 6
September 14-18

Internet icon Internet: Free WiFi is available at the volunteer house.

Laundry icon Laundry: There are limited laundry facilities so volunteers should expect to wash clothes by hand.

Accommodations icon Accommodations: During your volunteer placement, you will stay in the main volunteer house in Samraong. The house can accommodate up to 28 people with 4 people in each room. All rooms come with a fan, shower (no hot water), mosquito net, and a western toilet. It is about a 10-minute bike ride from the volunteer house to the hospital.

Food icon Food: From Monday-Friday, three meals a day are provided. On the weekends, only brunch and dinner are provided. The food will be Cambodian fare, including plenty of rice dishes.

 

 

Please take note of this project’s minimum requirements:

  • Minimum age of 17
  • Good level of English
  • Motivation to work with children
  • Police clearance
  • Positive and flexible attitude

Culture Week (highly recommended)

For an additional fee you can extend your stay for a week with a program designed to introduce you to a great stay in a new country. As part of this week, you will receive basic language classes to help you get around the country without a hassle. You will also have the opportunity to take some traditional cooking classes as well as travel to some of the finest temples in the area, engaging in Q&A sessions with monks to enhance your understanding of Buddhism and its customs. Throughout the week, there will many opportunities to interact with the local residents, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the community.

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